Some of you reading this may have read editorials and reviews by me on sites I’ve written for. My name is Ashton Liu, and I am a contributing editor for RPGFan. This post is not endorsed or approved by RPGFan. By writing this, I have effectively “gone rogue.” I am attaching my name as a sign…
The Toronto G20 Summit of June 26-27, 2010, hosted by Stephen Harper, was an incredibly expensive undertaking that resulted in massive human rights violations against members of the public at the hands of the police. Despite this, politicians refuse to call a full public inquiry and hold police—as…
I am a glutton for punishment. As my co-workers and I go into maximum overdrive for November, I am once again making an attempt at NaNoWriMo! My 2007 attempt, Trollfane, wasn’t completed (and didn’t even reach 10,000 words), in 2008 real life interfered…
So I just read this entire document. I almost forgot what a complete joke student politics are. If you’re a student, remember that you pay mandatory fees to these jackasses. Consider demanding a better use of your money.
At least half of the motions put forth were deciding to write letters to people. If you are a Canadian student, you are paying these representatives to travel, in some cases across the country, to collectively decide who to write letters to. Think about that one for a second.
Whereas the current name of the Women’s Constituency Group is exclusive, transphobic, and non-inclusive of the diversity of the community; and
Whereas the current language could be updated to reflect the diversity of the community; and
Whereas the Queer Constituency Group addresses issues of sexuality and the Women’s Constituency Group addresses issues of gender; therefore
Be it resolved that the Women’s Constituency Group be renamed the Women and Trans People Constituency Group.
Here they draw a distinction between “exclusive” and “transphobic”, meaning they recognize that the two are different things. So being “exclusive” is in itself a bad, wrong thing to the CFS. Yet they’re only moving to include transpeople, and continuing to exclude men. This violates their own logic and shows where their ideology actually lies.
Page 7 — this one’s really fucking bizarre
Be it further resolved that Standing Resolution 3, article 4 be amended to read:
Anti-Oppression Procedures, Mood-Watchers and information-Helpers
In order to ensure that conversations remain productive and safe, a minimum of one mood-watcher who has undergone training in anti-oppression politics and facilitation frameworks will be appointed by the voting members at the beginning of plenaries.
Professional student thought police! Woo hoo.
Page 17 — this is the MRA one
Whereas there has been an increase in the presence of ‘Men’s Rights Awareness Groups’ on campuses across the country; and
Whereas these groups provide environments for sexism, patriarchy and misogyny to manifest and be perpetuated on campus, which should be safe(r) spaces for students; and
Whereas these groups promote misogynist, hateful views towards women and ideologies that promote gender equity, challenges women’s bodily autonomy, justifies sexual assault, and decries feminism as violent; and
Whereas messages from these groups claim to be of equality, but are in fact messages that are misogynist, sexist, cissexist, heterosexist and homophobic responses to the challenge of cis-male privilege in society; and
Whereas ‘Men’s Rights Awareness Groups’ are attempting to establish chapters and service centers across Canadian colleges and universities; and
Whereas a ‘Men’s Rights Awareness Group’ at the University of Toronto recently held a meeting, which was protested by women and allies, prompting a barrage of threats and attacks on several women on campus and the students union for taking part in protesting this group and its meetings; therefore
Be it resolved that the issues policy ‘Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women on Campus’ be amended to include the following under ‘The Federation opposes’:
campaigns, forums, groups, meetings or events whose purpose is to frighten, intimidate and/or target women students on campus; and
the administration’s lack of response to calls for public support and protection of students being threatened, stalked and/or attacked on campus.
This is such a ridiculous clusterfuck that I don’t even know where to begin commenting. But let’s start with the fact that this is nothing but vague platitudes and indefensible generalizations. “Men’s rights awareness groups” all exist to promote misogyny and hateful views towards women? You’re going to have to prove that one if you want the statement to be legitimate. It’s going to be hard to prove that both a) MRA ideology actually does promote hate, and b) ALL MRA groups promote identical ideologies.
Note the phrasing in the actual amendment. The motion isn’t concerned with groups that frighten, intimidate, or target trans or male people on campus — it is only concerned with women students. So the CFS is implicitly violating its own (ridiculous) ideology by encoding female privilege over trans people (and arguably men, butcertainly trans people).
Whereas the Supreme Court of Canada on October 5, 2012 upheld a law where HIV positive individuals can be charged with aggravated sexual assault for engaging in a sexual act with another person without disclosing their status; and
…Whereas men have used criminal allegations against women living with HIV as a weapon of abuse and this ruling gives abusive men a more powerful tool to coerce, control and to trap in abusive relationships women living with HIV; therefore
Be it resolved that a letter be written to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister of Justice Rob Nicholson and Opposition Justice Critics condemning criminalisation of those who fail to disclose their HIV status and the Supreme Court of Canada’s definition;
Be it resolved that letters be written to the Provincial Attorney Generals calling for an exercise in restraint in prosecutions related to criminalising [sic] those who fail to disclose their HIV status under the Supreme Court of Canada’s definition; [and blah blah blah blah…]
Again, your CFS not giving a fuck about any group of people other than women. How about gay men who are victimized by other HIV-positive men? How about men who are victimized by HIV-positive women? How about trans people who are victimized by men? How about trans people who are victimized by women?
Doesn’t matter, because if you are not a woman, no one cares.
What if when we die, our minds continue on for an infinite period of time from our own perspectives, even if from the outside it seems like function has ceased immediately? Kind of like mental relativity. Could this perhaps be the source of the concept of the afterlife — an eternity of our mind’s own making?
I just had an interesting discussion about this and similar ideas with another guy here at Ad Astra, and I think this one might be a good idea to work with to create a story. Could people brought back from death (or the brink of death) have seen this infinite time of the mind and remember maybe some of it? Where do the people in everyone’s personal heaven or hell come from — rather than be the actual souls of other people, perhaps they are simply the mind’s image of those people from the perspective of the “deceased”?
I might try something with this. It certainly seems to be an interesting concept to work on.
Spoil yourself this apocalyptic holiday season with English VNs about the world ending or similar dystopian things. They also make a good study guide for end of the world survival. But because the end of the world is suffering, none of the games here are complete~
Following on the heels of my earlier mad science, I’ve gone and built an entire generator for visual novel ideas. After a bunch of derping about with Firefox, Firebug and jQuery for slurping, and PHP and SQLite for developing, I’ve put together the Visual Novel Random Idea Generator (Mk I)!
This fun little toy lets you choose a number of elements (defaults to five) that are randomly selected to challenge you to create the plot of a visual novel. I’m planning to add the ability to post ideas and vote on them some time in the near future, although chances are I’ll only give the ability to do this to certain people I know or are involved in the EVN scene. In the meantime, however, feel free to roll them dice and see what kinds of crazy stories you can make.
My new hobby: Picking five random tags from VNDB and creating a visual novel plot based on them.
I used random.org to create a list of numbers between 1 and 1605 (the ID of the most recent tag at time of writing), and used those numbers in order to come up with the tags to use for these plots. I skipped deleted tags (like “chicken sandwich”) and meta tags (like “other elements”) since the first case are typically deleted for a reason and the second case are typically unusable. The result? Each plot gets a separate set of random tags that I have to piece together into an idea for a visual novel.
Left-wing conspiracy my ass - Ford clearly in the wrong.
Today is not about left versus right, it’s about ensuring that elected officials realize that no matter how many votes they get, they are NOT above the law. Ford is lucky that he is getting a 14 day stay on judgement, and that he wasn’t barred for seven years from politics.
This is not something that could be written off as a simple screw-up. Ignorance of the law is not protection from it, willing ignorance doubly so. And that claim can’t even count, seeing as Rob Ford has in fact declared interest in other matters before and held off from participating in debate and voting. Nor could the claim that the amount was too small to be of interest or concern, given the big deal that Ford made about it in council. This was a clear case of conflict of interest, and the Municipal Conflict of Interest Act says that an official found to willingly involve themselves in one gets unseated.
Ford is always welcome to run again in the next mayoral election, but I’d much rather see someone with more sense and decorum in the mayor’s seat, even if they’re of an opposing political stripe from me. Bumbling blow-hards like Rob Ford are the last people who should be the chief magistrate of any town or city.
“Gaza is a window on our coming dystopia. The growing divide between the world’s elite and its miserable masses of humanity is maintained through spiraling violence. Many impoverished regions of the world, which have fallen off the economic cliff, are beginning to resemble Gaza, where 1.6 million Palestinians live in the planet’s largest internment camp. These sacrifice zones, filled with seas of pitifully poor people trapped in squalid slums or mud-walled villages, are increasingly hemmed in by electronic fences, monitored by surveillance cameras and drones and surrounded by border guards or military units that shoot to kill. These nightmarish dystopias extend from sub-Saharan Africa to Pakistan to China. They are places where targeted assassinations are carried out, where brutal military assaults are pressed against peoples left defenseless, without an army, navy or air force. All attempts at resistance, however ineffective, are met with the indiscriminate slaughter that characterizes modern industrial warfare.”—Chris Hedges (via azspot)
So, out of sheer boredom I ended up writing FizzBuzz as a Bash script.
for i in `seq 1 100` ; do
FIZZ=`expr $i % 3`
if [ "$FIZZ" = "0" ] ; then
echo -n Fizz
BUZZ=`expr $i % 5`
if [ "$BUZZ" = "0" ] ; then
echo -n Buzz
if [ "$FB" = "0" ] ; then
echo -n $i
I’m reasonably sure it works right. I mean, I checked the output and everything and it looks legit.
“I’m declaring BS on the way society fails to support youth mental health. More than 1 in 5 youth need mental health services, but less than 25% of that number actually receive them. Join me in calling BS on the issues that currently exist around youth mental health. Sign the declaration, and add your voice to call for change! www.callbs.ca / letscallbs.tumblr.com”—Let’s Call BullS#!T / C’est d’la M@rde
Today we remember the sacrifices made by many good men and women through history, whose efforts ensured the free and open world in which we live. Their trials and tribulations should never be forgotten, but rather be recognized and forever inspire us to act with love and righteousness, whatever the cost.
I would like to ask you to keep these words in your hearts and your minds, as guidance in your day to day lives. The advice I wish to offer can help us all make the world a better place.
Recognize the challenges others face and have faced. Many people suffer, sweat, and labour in silence, their hard work left unaffirmed and ignored. Never forget what people have been through to bring them to where they are today.
Serve others with goodwill and respect. Do not begrudge the requests of others, nor spurn their offers of help. Come together to find and celebrate each others efforts and successes.
Finally and most importantly, go with peace in your heart, and the will to always do what is right.
I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but TVTropes became extremely cowardly. The used to be a place where one could find entries on any trope from the media. This often included less-than-worksafe ideas and concepts. But over the last year or two, in the most nauseating display of…
Hear hear, but it wasn’t TV Tropes is just the latest in a line of sites that have gone from inclusiveness towards PC-minded and hostile to unpopular information. Don’t forget Wikipedia started this bullshit with “notability”.
"I’m X because I’m a Y" is a shitty attitude to have, and it is hard for me to respect people that think that way. So long as people keep obliterating their selves to belong to one group or another, humanity’s progress towards equality will forever be stalled.
I don’t measure people by race, gender, orientation, etc., but rather by actions, attitude, and intellect. And honestly, I find it offensive when people put -isms ahead of who they actually are. That’s a defeatist attitude - a sickening surrender of personal agency, just to gain a leg up on others.
People should focus on *who* they are, not *what* they are. So long as we keep categorizing ourselves and buying into victim mentalities, we can never be rid of oppression.
It’s not said often enough, but Adrien Chen is a douchebag cunt. Along with the Gawker Media network of websites that employs him, he is probably the worst personality on the internet, and we’d all be much better off if he’d just shut his worthless pie-hole.
For the past several weeks I’ve been focusing my efforts on learning how to approach software architecture. Despite my experience in developing several applications, I wanted to read and learn more about this to do a better job in the future, for our upcoming project.
Here’s what’s wrong with today’s society, everywhere:
People rather complain, and spread hate, because of a problem, rather than actually acting to solve it.
It’s a lot easier to bitch and complain, than not doing anything about it actually. Never use the “There’s nothing I can do”, because there’s always something you can do. All you have to do is Try.
THIS. FUCKING YES THIS.
Although I’d add that people would rather unbalance things and make the problem worse, than try to fix it, because western society promotes victimhood over problem-solving. You get lots of attention and hugs when everyone sees you suffering, but you don’t get much attention for tightening the belt and fixing what’s wrong.
The feminism of today is not the feminism of the past. What used to be feminism was a movement for actual equality between men and women. But since the rise of the Baby Boomer generation, equality has been pushed aside by a wave of gender-feminists bent on social and sexual superiorityover men.
Because of this, I consider myself not just an advocate for equal rights (through men’s rights activism) but an anti-feminist. Let’s get this straight:I support women’s rights.I also support men’s rights. But what I do not support is men as a class having power over women, or for that matter, women having power over men.
Part of the problem is terms. Feminism is an overloaded term. Many people still believe that feminism simply means equality-feminism (or as I call it, equalitarianism). But the mainstream feminist movement of today, co-opted by misandrist radicals, has become the gender-feminism that acts like a cult – where any dissent, no matter how minor, is something to be stamped down and where unfalsifiable “theories” with no real evidence are held up like religious truths amongst fundamentalists. Because of my experiences and those of others who I know and care about, when I hear “feminism” it is gender-feminism that comes to mind.
If you define “feminism” as the former case, where it is a movement to create gender equality so that neither men nor women are oppressed by the other, then I may be a feminist to you. But from my perspective, I am an anti-feminist. I cannot stand for the oppression of men by any means, nor do I stand for the same oppression of women. And so long as gender-feminism holds the rein of the mainstream feminist movement, I will be opposed to it, and work to ensure that men are not made into second class citizens under a fascistic “matriarchy”.
Rather than espouse “theories” that would insult any first year philosophy major, perhaps feminists should take a fresh look at themselves and ask “what am I doing to support real equality?” Ask why women aren’t seen as aggressors in domestic violence situations, even when it’s the man who is battered and bruised. Ask why men being raped is seen as a joke or the man “wanting it”. Ask why medical support for prostate cancer in social healthcare nations like Canada is almost non-existent. Why schools ignore learning and play styles for boys and demonize them, instead of building educational curricula that support both genders.
Let’s see feminism return to its roots of working towards equality between the sexes, rather than empowering one at the expense of another.
ADDENDUM:Fuck all you gender-feminists who find this laughable. I’m done dealing with your bullshit. YOU are ruining things for everyone.
I don’t always discuss equality, but when I do, I’m shouted down with “what about the menz” bullshit by radfems who can’t even support their own positions.
Eleven years ago, I was starting my second week of a renovation project at a youth shelter. The common room TV, which we usually left on for background noise, was tuned to CNN. As the disaster began, all work that day stopped, and those of us on the project could do nothing but watch as the planes crashed and the towers came down.
On that day, the America I had known from the 80s and 90s died. America has gone through over a generation’s worth of change in the past decade. Things that Americans would have raged about then are commonplace now; things taken for granted before are either forgotten or carefully guarded. The openness and sense of prosperity that once enriched the lives of almost all in the country has disappeared, replaced by fear, loathing, and a sense of endless struggle.
Before 9/11, even if Americans wouldn’t have elected a black president, there wouldn’t have been the “concerns” of birthers or cranks saying Obama is a secret Muslim. America wouldn’t be on a consistent war footing, but rather continue with economic expansion that could have kept it on par with China. The American people wouldn’t be so reviled by the rest of the world because of the actions of their government.
I miss the old America. I miss when our neighbours to the south were active, pleasant, straightforward people. I miss the days before the fear and the hate. But I recognize that we can’t go back.